John Tyndall: In the sky, not under it

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 4 March

The Theatre

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • John and Louisa Tyndall

    Credit: Royal Institution


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Event description

As Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution from 1853 to 1887, John Tyndall made major contributions to scientific knowledge in magnetism, in identifying what we now call the greenhouse effect, in discovering why the sky is blue and in glacier behaviour.

To celebrate the launch of the first volume of his correspondence, Ri historian Frank James hosts talks on Tyndall’s early life, his relationship with the Ri and the future of collaborative humanities research.


7.00pm: Opening remarks by Professor Frank James (Royal Institution)

7.05pm: "I neither seek the combat nor shun it when it comes": New Insights on the Young Tyndall

By Professor Geoffrey Cantor (University of Leeds) and Professor Gowan Dawson (University of Leicester)

7.25pm: The Tyndall Correspondence Project, Collaborative Research, and the Future of Big Humanities

By Professor James Elwick (York University, Toronto) and Professor Michael Reidy (Montana State University)

7.45pm: Tyndall at the Royal Institution: What did he bring to it and what did it do for him?

By Sir Roland Jackson (Royal Institution)

8.05pm: Q&A

8.30pm: Close

Read more

This Victorian physicist, known by some for his discovery of the basis of the greenhouse effect and his explanation of why the sky is blue, is a much under-rated figure. Read more about him in our blog by Roland Jackson.

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